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Big Preview: Rotherham United vs Southend United

11 August 2017

Rotherham United vs Southend United


Southend make their first trip in almost five years to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they take on Rotherham United in league action. 
Blues will want to bounce back after their Carabao Cup defeat to Newport County in midweek and will be buoyed by the fact they’ve failed to lose in nine previous trips to the South Yorkshire club.  
Rotherham United safely made it through their Carabao Cup tie thanks to a 2-1 win at home to Lincoln City, although the Millers did start their league campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Fleetwood. 
And Paul Warne’s side will be desperate to pick up league points sooner rather than later having only picked up 23 points last campaign, which saw them relegated from the Championship. 
Rotherham United: WLWWWL
Southend United: LWWLDW
Last Three Encounters

2nd March 2013: Southend United (Hurst) 1 vs 1 (Mullins) Rotherham United
13th October 2012: Rotherham United 0 vs 3 (Assombalonga 2, Martin) Southend United
10th February 2012: Southend United 0 vs 2 (Harrad, Revell) Rotherham United
Team News

Blues will continue to be without Michael Turner and Ben Coker, however, Stephen McLaughlin will be pushing for a first league start after getting through the full 90 minutes against Newport. 
Mark Oxley is likely to return between the sticks after being a substitute in the midweek League Cup defeat, whilst Dru Yearwood and Rob Kiernan will be looking for their league debuts. 
Millers new signing Shaun Cummings is unlikely to feature against Southend as he continues to build his fitness after signing following his release by Millwall earlier in the week. 
Rotherham boss Paul Warne could though give Darren Potter his league debut for the club. Potter missed out on the Fleetwood defeat with tonsillitis but played in midweek against Lincoln. 
They Say
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager:
“Saturday is going to be a fantastic surface, it’s a new stadium and the challenge is to be a better footballing team than the opposition.
“The style of football is important but it’s the mentality of the group that is more important.
“If their fans are up because they’ve got the first goal, then it will be a tough game.
“If we play the kind of football we know we can play, to get our noses in front, then it might be a tough day for them.”
Paul Warne, Rotherham United manager:
"Southend have got some good players. I've watched them this morning and they're not dissimilar to us and it'll be an open game."

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Match Reports

Match Report: Rotherham 5-0 Southend

12 August 2017

Southend were blown away by a rampant Rotherham United side at the AESSEAL New York Stadium losing 5-0 thanks to goals from Joe Newell, Ryan Williams and a hat-trick from Kieffer Moore.

Two goals in a minute set the tone for a miserable afternoon for Southend with Moore first getting on the end of a one-two to slot past Mark Oxley, before tapping home a Jamie Proctor low cross.

Joe Newell then made it three goals in eight minutes as he curled the ball in from the edge of the area before Moore completed his hat-trick in first half injury-time.

Southend had nothing but scraps to live off and forced a good double save from Richard O’Donnell, with Marc-Antoine Fortune and Michael Kightly being denied by the Rotherham number one.

And that was as good as it got for Blues as Moore got involved again, this time setting up Ryan Williams to smash the ball home from two-yards out to complete the rout.  

It was such a contrast in performances compared to last weekend’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Roots Hall, and it was no surprise when Phil Brown named an unchanged side from that win.

Rotherham began their campaign with a 2-0 defeat away at Fleetwood, and they made four changes with Ryan Williams, Joe Newell, Darren Potter and Kieffer Moore coming in.

And it was Moore who had the first chance for either side as Joe Newell’s free kick found the leap of Moore, with his header being tipped around the post by former Miller, Mark Oxley.

Southend were giving away a number of free-kicks early on and Rotherham came close again to opening to scoring from another Newell set-piece which was this time headed over by Semi Ajayi.

Blues hadn’t got going at all and Rotherham carved out a third chance and by far their best, when Lee Freckington picked out Jamie Proctor who headed over from eight-yards out.

Eventually, their pressure told and it was double trouble for Phil Brown’s side as the Millers scored twice in a minute to stamp home their early advantage, with Moore grabbing both. 

The first came when Moore appeared to use his arms to charge down Stephen Hendrie’s clearance, before getting on the end of a one-two to slot the ball beyond Oxley and give the Millers the lead.

Within a minute, Moore doubled the home side’s advantage after he was found unmarked in the area by a low cross from Proctor, tapping home the Millers’ second of the game.

After two in quick succession, Southend’s abysmal half continued when Proctor teed up Newell who caressed the ball beautifully beyond Oxley from the edge of the area to make it three.  

Southend had been second best through the first half, and a rampant Millers rubber stamped their authority over Blues when Moore rounded off a first-half hat-trick in injury time.

Blues had a mountain to climb but they almost grabbed a goal back early in the second half with Marc-Antoine Fortune and Michael Kightly having chances well saved by Richard O’Donnell.

It appeared though only to be a brief respite as Oxley was again called upon minutes later to save with his feet from Ryan Williams as the Blues back-line was cut upon once more.

Their stay of execution only lasted a few more minutes however as Rotherham extended their lead further before the hour mark with Moore once again involved, this time as provider.

Brown’s side simply didn’t know how to deal with the Ipswich-loanee and after he was found free on the right, his low cross was smashed home from close range by Williams.

With 20-minutes remaining Moore was replaced to a standing ovation by the New York Stadium crowd and his replacement David Ball almost made an immediate impact forcing a save from Oxley.

The defiant Blues fans behind goal kept on signing throughout but the Southend players couldn’t give them a goal to celebrate. 

And the Blues' afternoon was summed up in the final minute of normal time as Fortune hit the post after being found unmarked in the area.  

Rotherham XI: O’Donnell, Emmanuel, Mattock, Ajayi, Frecklington (C)(Will Vaulks 65’), Proctor, Potter, Ihiekwe, Newell, Williams (Anthony Forde 77’), Moore (Ball 71’). Subs Not Used: Bilboe, Ball, Taylor, Purrington, Yates


Blues XI: Oxley, Hendrie, Ferdinand (C)(McLaughlin 66’), Kightly, Timlin, Fortune, Cox (Robinson 59’), McGlashan (Kiernan 26’), Leonard, Demetriou, White. Subs Not Used: Smith, Ba, Yearwood, Kyprianou


Referee: M. Salisbury

Assistants: A. Newbold & P.Gooch

Fourth Official: M. Denton



Rotherham United: Kieffer Moore 15’, 16’, 45+2’, Joe Newell 23’, Ryan Williams 59’

Southend United: None


Yellow Cards:

Rotherham United: Kieffer Moore 70’, Joe Newell 90'

Southend United: Simon Cox 43’


Attendance: 8,004

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Ticket News

Rotherham United Ticket Details

11 August 2017

Ticket information ahead of Saturday 12th August.

Rotherham United tickets will come off sale at 12pm this afternoon.

Tickets will be available on the day from 1.30pm from the away ticket office and it will be cash only. This will also be the location for any collections or duplicate requests.

The prices on the day are as follows:

Adult: £25

Concession: £15

Juvenile (13-17): £9

Junior(U13): £7

Concessions are classed as; Seniors 60 and over, Young Adults 18-21, HM Armed Forces Personnel, Students with valid proof of full time education, and disabled supporters on the higher rate DLA or enhanced PIP.

Supporters who are buying disabled tickets are entitled to a free carer ticket and tickets are charged at £13.00 adults of the relevant age band above.

Rotherham have five disabled parking spaces available for away supporters, which need to be pre-booked by 5pm the day before the game and will be issued on a first come first come basis, at a £5 charge.

These can be booked by contacting the Red and White shop on 0844 414 0754

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